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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 25, 2011 11:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Lemieux - "they're Cowboys!"

Re: they're Cowboys! Is this a cultural issue, scene issue, and/or musical issue? Is it p-c anymore to digress into the Cowboy issue - beyond just "purely musical interests"? David Lemieux's comments were very interesting. He hits a home run when he describes how you could really hear GD's country influence in 1972. But Lemieux doesn't "run the bases." He never goes into any details. So there's no info at this point. It's purely about the music. I'm standing my ground on The Cowboy issue, regardless. Take a good look at the founding GD band leaders.

Pigpen Cowboy - unknown date, 1969
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Jerry Cowboy - June 5, 1970
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By 1972, 1973, and 1974 the cowboy music influences (country rock, bluegrass, western swing) were hitting "the scene" in droves! On stage, I witnessed GD wearing cowboy shirts and blue jeans many times. Today we have tons of images, film, and video tape documenting GD being cowboys. It wasn't just GD being cowboys at that time. It was everywhere. And bunches of us were starting to wear western wear clothing at this time. Just like our favorite bands and artists, we were wearing cowboy boots, jeans, and cowboy shirts. You couldn't buy western wear clothing in the NJ-NYC metro area at this time. It was very hard to find. There was an Army-Navy Surplus store in Hackensack that had some cowboy western wear, and that was it. I had to go there many times before I found a few good cowboy shirts that I liked. Deep into Pennsylvania was the next closest to me, if you hit some of the truck stops out there for example.

We have "the Jerry cowboy proclamation" documented in this photo. Look at them dressing and acting like cowboys. It's April 20, 1970.

Jer is saying, "We've always been Cowboys, man."
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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 25, 2011 2:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Lemieux - 'they're Cowboys!'

Cowboy movement shown here - "circle your wagons" - May 15, 1971
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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: May 26, 2011 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Lemieux - 'they're Cowboys!'

Booby looks like he may need some private time, pumping up like that.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: May 26, 2011 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Lemieux - 'they're Cowboys!'

The bottom photo is hilarious. Jon McIntire looks like Micky and Jerry are discussing how to cook him for dinner.

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